Delegation Announces Federal Grant for North Dakota Emergency Response Infrastructure

Washington – Senators John Hoeven and Kent Conrad and Representative Rick Berg announced today that the North Dakota State Department of Health received an approximately $5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to fund the state’s public health emergency preparedness. 

“This grant will help ensure that North Dakota’s health care providers have a planned, comprehensive response when faced with a public health threat. This year’s statewide flood devastation illustrates the need for our health care professionals to be prepared for all kinds of emergencies, both natural and man-made. Our health care and emergency response professionals demonstrated an efficient and effective response to the flooding, and this grant helps them to have the resources to continue to do so,” the delegation said in a joint statement. 

The North Dakota State Department of Health plans to use the funds for continued development of the state’s emergency response infrastructure and to fund local public health units that support that infrastructure. 

North Dakota Department of Health and Human Service has received this grant annually since 2002. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services developed the grant as a response to the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, in order to help states create organized health and medical disaster response systems. 

This past year, the funding in North Dakota went toward flood disaster response.